The last figures released by the Office of National Statistics (https://www.ons.gov.uk) showed that net migration to the UK fell to 248,000 in 2016 from 332,000 in the previous year. This is a significant reduction of over 25% since 2015.
The ONS Quarterly Report states that immigration is estimated to be 588,000 and emigration 339,000. Emigration increased by 40,000 and immigration decreased by 43,000 in 2016 compared to 2015.
The report has attributed the reduction of net migration figures to an increase in emigration. This is partially down to a 36% increase in EU citizens leaving the UK in comparison to 2015. According to the ONS figures, 117,000 EU Nationals left the UK in 2016. The UK voting to leave the EU and the Government subsequently not committing to the status of EU nationals currently living and working in the UK, could be the reasons for the number of EU nationals deciding to leave the UK.
The current figure of 248,000 is still a long way off Theresa May’s target of 100,000 or less over the course of a twelve month period.